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Border Patrol Arrests Dangerous Gang Member in California

Release Date: 
July 5, 2013

EL CENTRO, CALIF—U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico station apprehended a member of the "Surenos 13 Gang" today during patrol operations.

At approximately 9:30 a.m., El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested Jose Ismael Herrera-Rodriguez, a 26-year-old Mexican national who crossed into the United States illegally nine miles west of the Calexico West Port of Entry. Border Patrol agents later determined that the subject is a member of the "Surenos 13 Gang" a criminal organization out of Santa Barbara, Calif. Upon further investigation, agents discovered Herrera has a criminal history and had been previously removed from the United States.

Herrera is in Border Patrol custody and facing removal proceedings.

The El Centro Sector's Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats. We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe. Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at (800) 901-2003.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017